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Venus - Berkeley

894 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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Established in 2000, Venus in Berkeley is named for the morning and evening star. Sourcing directly from the local Californian fields and ranches to provide tasty meals with a wholesome origin is how Venus has made a mark on the local community. No cans, freezers or microwaves are allowed in the kitchen which means every creation that exits the kitchen is made from scratch and full of flavor.

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Venus offers guests a selection of small and large plates and salads with options for vegan, gluten-free and paleo dishes. You will not want to miss out on the piri piri chicken with mashed butterballs, griddled zucchini, carrots and lacinato kale or the slow roasted pork sandwich with gruyere and chipotle mayo.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Organic, Californian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 2:30pm; Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 2:15pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:15pm; Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Sundays & Mondays: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(510) 540-5950
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Amy Murray
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Private party contact
Amy Murray: (510) 540-5950
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Cross street
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Parking details
Street parking, UC Bancroft & Oxford Lots near by, more parking information at
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Public transit
3 Blocks South of Downtown Berkeley BART Station, more information at
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Special events & promotions
Every year Venus hosts a series of unique feasts to celebrate food, wine & the abundant local harvest of the Bay area. Our events include annual Valentine's Day & New Year's Eve parties, as well as seasonal wine tastings & Slow Food inspired dinners.
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

Amazing food! Good wine and service. A bit noisy.

vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

Food and atmosphere was great. Interesting euro pricing with tip included. Prices were fair and everything we had was great. The chicken had a great tangy sauce. The lamb tag one was perfect for the cool night and the wild salmon was also good. The mushroom appetizer was tasty with tang of sherry. A definite 'will go back' to place for us.

OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

Excellent food (a nice healthy range of options on the dinner menu) and friendly, professional service: we felt pampered and pleased at every moment! Warm, casual, and cozy atmosphere.

vipHank88 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 28, 2016

Not exactly inexpensive but still a good value as their food is very good and the portions large!

SandraA (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 17, 2016

Waiter may have been new. Offered wrong information about the special of the day. The cheese plate came in without a main ingredient AND waiter did not know the cheeses. She was very friendly, almost too friendly.
Always great food. Prices are high, but it's worth the treat. Loud.
Can they store the broom somewhere else than in the bathroom?

vipMakkie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 17, 2016

We came here before the theater and the mezze was delicious. The entrees were interesting and tasty. The service was friendly and warm. This is a delightful place for dinner.l

vipjenn (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

The food was good but I wouldn't say any of it was spectacular. What was great was the relaxed environment and friendly (if slow) service. It allowed my friend and I to linger and laugh for over two hours without feeling rushed or the need to order more. I would definitely return.

Very small restaurant tho, probably not good a fit (literally) for large

50AndCounting (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 30, 2016

Nice little restaurant. Good food and service in a collegw town even!

LyndaC (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 27, 2016

We had a wonderful time, the food was amazing, I enjoyed the open windows onto the street,
it was a lovely evening, the staff was friendly and on top of things. We will be back.

JimmyQ (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on June 17, 2016

My wife was happy with her meal.
I had the cod and chips. The cod was in "gujons", i.e. more batter than fish. The portion of chips was minute. It was all cold. I had a dessert but still left the restaurant hungry.

vipBilly2013 (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on June 9, 2016

There in a weekday, 8:45pm, had reservation, only table in use, TOTALLY rushed by alternative tattooed female server, 2 yummy apps & good entree THROWN into our table by 9, they wanted to close their yummy apps 1st & then entree after here. After we finished our yummy apps, we ate our COLD trout fish dish with cold veggies. They kinda threw the bill on our table as we were eating, no dessert offered...I asked, new alternative female server said, "everything is out away & our kitchen is closed." Omg...what RUDE & ABRUPT Berkeley anarchical manners. The lovely owner was there, but this is what she allows I guess.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on June 4, 2016

Our waitress had a very hard time remembering to bring us things. First, she forgot our bottle of wine we ordered for almost 15 minutes. They brought our food out but gave it to the people next to us, then awkwardly grabbed it off of their table, and the people next to us were visibly annoyed at this happening- we had to apologize because our server did not. Thirdly, I ordered soup and it took almost five full minutes to flag down our server to get a spoon- so the soup dramatically cooled by then. Lastly, when we asked for our check, we were still finishing our wine and that was the only time the server actually paid attention to us- trying to hustle us out. I used to go to Venus regularly and rave about it to others but now I am not sure I will give it another chance.

Johneastbay (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 2, 2016

They have locally sourced very healthy food that is presented in a pleasing manner.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 2, 2016

We love that the meat is from Marin Sun Farms. The menu is wonderful and the owners and wait staff are most welcoming. It was a delightful evening for us.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 29, 2016

Ambiance was great. Food amazing.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 28, 2016

We chose Venus for our goodbye, California meal. Fresh, delicious preparation. Loved the mushrooms, the lamb tagine, the chicken, the bimbimbap. Inventive without being precious.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 13, 2016

The food was very tasty but they were out of my husbands first choice. The service was good and the ppl were friendly. It's not a big place so good for small groups.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

We went to Venus for a Mother's Day dinner, figuring it would be easier than having brunch anywhere - and it was. There were plenty of tables at Venus at 5:30 on a Sunday.

The food was fantastic. The roasted chicken with mashed potatoes had a fabulous gravy with roasted goodies like onion and prunes, and the portion of mashed potatoes was huge. We also ordered twice-baked sweet potato, yum, and a super fresh endive salad. Can't remember the other dishes but they were also just delicious.

Service was good - kept our water glasses filled repeatedly, served the food quickly.

Only complaint is how cramped the tables are, right on top of each other.

vipJames (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2016

We've been three times this year. This is one of those places where I could order literally anything on the menu and like it. You can tell that the staff all somehow have skin in the game. You'd think it was a family outfit, except what a weird family that would be.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

Nice neighborhood-type spot